Local winemakers to sell wine on Amazon.com

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by Honora Swanson

NWCN.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:06 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. –  Wine lovers around the country now have another way to buy wine from the Inland Northwest. Online retailer Amazon.com just added the alcohol to its massive repertoire.
 
More than 100 wineries have already put their wine on the website. People can buy more than a thousand different wines there, ship them to a dozen states, and never have to go to a cellar.
 
Some local places, like Latah Creek Wine Cellars, say they're hoping to add their product and get more exposure. Owner Mike Conway says he’s planning to get his grapes bottled and into the cyber world. Conway adds this will help introduce Washington wines to folks around the country.
 
“If it’s something that’s feasible for us and we can do right away without having to go through a third party website, then we'll do it. There's no reason not to. For us personally, there's no downside to it,” Conway said.
           
Amazon doesn't physically buy the wine. It just takes orders and wineries ship them directly to customers. As far as the cost for wineries and cellars to put their wine online, the company wouldn’t disclose if it charges them to put their product online.
               
Amazon can ship to: California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.
 

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